Common Myths about Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Parents and guardians know how beneficial chiropractic care is for adults. But how many of us have thought of getting chiropractic care for our children? If you are like most parents, you are probably wondering if your child needs chiropractic care and whether or not it’s safe for them. 

These are excellent questions to ask, of course. The problem is that there are many myths out there that misinform parents about pediatric chiropractic care. These myths make it harder for parents to decide to take their children to a chiropractor. 

In this post, I share some of the most common misconceptions about pediatric chiropractic care and the truth about them:

Myth: Chiropractic Care Is Dangerous for Kids

Most parents have heard that chiropractic adjustments are dangerous for kids. But this is not the case. Using gentle-touch chiropractic adjustments, there has never been a single reported case of any kind of injury (including paralysis) in a child due to chiropractic care, and no adverse side effects are associated with chiropractic adjustments either.

Myth: Chiropractic Care Will Cause Your Child to Have a Slipped Spine or Cause Scoliosis

Many parents are worried that a chiropractor will cause their child to have a slipped spine or scoliosis. However, this simply isn’t true. Even though a child’s spine is still developing and growing, the effects of scoliosis and a slipped spine are not related to spinal alignment from chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can help prevent scoliosis from occurring.

Myth: Chiropractic Adjustments Are the Same for Kids as They Are for Adults

Just because chiropractic adjustments work for adults doesn’t mean they will work for kids. In fact, adjusting a child’s spine is different from adjusting an adult’s spine. Chiropractors need to use other methods and techniques when adjusting children’s spines.

Myth: Children Will Not Benefit from Chiropractic Care

Many parents think kids don’t need to see a chiropractor, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Chiropractic care can help many kids who suffer from headaches, asthma, ADHD, and more.

Children who see a chiropractor can experience the same health benefits as adults. These benefits include:

  • Improved immunity
  • Improved sleep
  • Better performance in sports
  • Reduced muscle, joint, and back pain
  • Better digestive health
  • Improved ability to focus and learn
  • Increased endurance
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased self-esteem

Myth: Chiropractic Treatments Are Just a Waste of Time

Many parents believe that chiropractic adjustments are a waste of time. However, chiropractic care has proven to reduce the number of medications children need and provide relief from various symptoms and illnesses.


Chiropractic care can be a valuable part of your child’s wellness routine. But as you can see, there are many misconceptions about chiropractic care for kids. These myths are simply not true. Hopefully, this post helps open your mind about pediatric chiropractic care and how helpful it can be for your children to take them to a family chiropractic clinic.

Live Well Rochester is a family chiropractic clinic in Rochester that can provide your family get well and live well. Contact us to set an appointment for you or your child!


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